The time to count one’s sins is again on the horizon for Kamen Rider fans, as with its release date approaching faster than the wind itself, the first proper anime series in the history of the iconic tokusatsu franchise, Fuuto PI, has received its second official teaser trailer.
A sequel to the 20th Kamen Rider series, W [Read: Double], Fuuto PI’s second trailer dropped on July 1st, its release just so happening (likely with a little planning on franchise owner Toei’s end) to coincide with the first date of Anime Expo 2022.
In addition to a few new shots of the series in motion, the trailer featured the debut of the series’ theme song Tsumi to Batsu to Angura, as composed by Kamen Rider Skull actor Kouji Kikkawa and sung by the song’s lyricist, Kamen Rider Eternal actor Mitusur Matsusok.
Opening with a shot of a post-Joker Dopant transformation Tokime (CV: Akira Sekine – Princess, Princess Principal) holding a severed hand, the minute long teaser then proceeds to present viewers with brief glimpses at the series’ principal cast, among which can be seen Akiko Terui (CV: Mikako Komatsu – Maam, Dragon Quest: The Adventures of Dai):
The two halves of Kamen Rider Double themselves, Shotaro Hidari (CV: Yoshimasa Hosoya – Junk Dog/Joe, Megalobox):
And Philip (CV: Kouki Uchiyama – Roxas, Kingdom Hearts):
As well as gullible but good-natured – and surprisingly strong, having been shown holding his own against Commander Dopant’s Masked Soldier goons despite having no special powers – Futo Police Department senior detective Mikio Jinno:
Ryu Terui (CV: Makoto Furukawa – Saitama, One Punch Man), Akiko’s red-jacketed husband and the hero otherwise known as Kamen Rider Accel, who is seen stumbling upon a mysterious set of skeletal remains:
The Meganeura Dopant Mutsuo “Murderer” Mihara, shown in the process of having his form unlocked with his respective Gaia Memory, a series of USB drives each containing the full knowledge of its respective subject and which can bestow its subject’s powers upon the user:
And, last but not least, series antagonist Yukiji Bando (CV: Daisuke Ono – Jotaro Kujo, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure), a mysterious man bearing both a rainbow colored braid of hair and the Aurora Gaia Memory – its contents relating to the natural light displays which can be seen in Earth’s polar regions – which respectively allows him to assume to the form of the Aurora Dopant:
The trailer ultimately draws to a close with a tease of Philip and Shotaro preparing to use their Cyclone and Joker memories to transform into the series’ signature Rider, W, before concluding with a reminder that the series is set to premiere on August 1st.
Further, at the series’ panel during the aforementioned Anime Expo, it was confirmed that Crunchyroll will be simulcasting the series beginning that same day.
An adaptation of writer Riku Sanjo and artist Masaki Sato’s Kamen Rider W sequel manga, Kamen Rider Futo Tantei, produced in honor of the franchise’s 50th anniversary, Fuuto Pi picks up roughly a year after Philip and Shotaro’s fight as Kamen Rider Double against Kamen Rider Core, as depicted in the 2010 film Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider OOO & W Featuring Skull: Movie War Core.
Having survived their opponent’s attempt to conquer the Earth, Fuuto PI finds Philip and Shotaro returning to their hometown of Fuuto and dedicating themselves to both stomping out the remnants of the evil organization Museum and the last of the Dopant monsters, all the while continuing to serve as investigators at the Narumi Detective Office.
As previously made public during its initial reveal, Kamen Rider Fuuto Pi will feature direction from Yousuke Kabashima (Accel World: Infinite Burst) with assistance from Ayataka Tanemura (Black Clover), script supervision from the aforementioned Sanjo (Kamen Rider Zero-One), and writing from Tatsuto Higuchi (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans).
The series’ lead character designer, Hidekazu Ebina (Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions), will also serve as its animation director alongside Sei Komatsubara (Little Busters!).
In bringing the world of Kamen Rider W to life, the pair will be assisted by main animators Yukiyoshi Shikiji (Tiger & Bunny), Kazuhito Tomonaga (Lupin III: Fujiko Mine’s Lie), and Kenta Yokoya (Garo: Vanishing Line).
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